Ralph Shortey (R), who headed President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign in Oklahoma during the Republican primaries, has been charged with three felony counts after being found at a Super 8 Motel with an underage boy.
Shortey is charged with engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness, according to the Cleveland County District Attorney's office. When they arrived they found Senator Shortey in a room with a 14-year old boy with the smell of marijuana in the air.
A warrant was issued Thursday for Shortey, who has yet to comment on the situation. The Senate voted unanimously on a resolution imposing a series of punishments, including banning Shortey from his Capitol office, removing his name from any legislation and suspending his leadership positions on certain committees.
The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, but Oklahoma's prostitution statute applies to any person under 18 years old. The officer said Shortey informed him that he was just in the room to hang out with a friend and allegedly admitted to bringing marijuana. Ralph Shortey has clearly failed to achieve this minimum standard and had rightfully lost his senate privileges. According to local reports, the boy has a history of soliciting himself on Craiglist as well a history of drug abuse. The state's Republican governor, Mary Fallin, has already called on Shortey to resign his seat in the senate immediately.More news: Bill pre-empting local labor initiatives derailed in Senate panel
Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. His executive assistant was reassigned, he was directed to return a state-owned laptop and any other state-owned property in his possession, and he is no longer authorized to occupy his office in Room 412. In a statement following its passage, Schulz said it was not meant to be "a presumption of guilt or innocence". Many of his peers in the Oklahoma Senate are calling for him to step aside.
Their text messages, going back almost a year, were recorded on the teenager's Kindle tablet that was confiscated as evidence, police said.
In a statement, Oklahoma GOP Chairperson Pam Pollard said: "We condemn the actions of Senator Ralph Shortey to the strongest degree". Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn filed the charges against Shortey on Thursday.
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